LEXINGTON, S.C. – Master Detention Deputy LaTanya Pough started at the Lexington County Detention Center in July 2015.  

She knew from the start she wanted to be a field training officer, and the leaders in the Detention Center pushed her to grow.  

Pough appreciates the Detention Center emphasizing training with employees because it helped her move from detention deputy to field training officer in two years. Soon after, her leadership began preparing her for master deputy.  

“We have a great training department here, and we really do focus on training our officers to be the best,” Pough said. “I think that’s one of the things that sets us apart.” 

Pough has the pleasure of helping inmates during their worst times, and watching them leave to go back into the community is a rewarding experience.  

“One of the things that really makes me feel good…is seeing the joy of being able to lead and being able to encourage them,” Pough said. “Now you can go out those doors and still do great things.” 

Throughout her seven years at the Detention Center, Pough said she has learned how strong she is, despite having a job that a small percentage of people can do.  

“It’s not for the weak or faint of heart,” Pough said. “However, I’m not weak or faint of heart.” 

In addition to the emotional aspect of her job, Pough also enjoys the financial benefits.  

“I needed financial stability for the first time in my life,” Pough said. “Our sheriff works very hard making sure we get paid to do what we’re doing, making sure that our incentive packages are on point, to making sure that you will be able to live the kind of life that you want to live…to have that stability with your family and with yourself.”